Malaysia morning news for March 22

Malaysia morning news for March 22

Malaysia morning newsWorld happiness index: Malaysia plunges from No 35 to 80 in one year
Malaysia is ranked the 80th happiest nation in the 2019 World Happiness Report, a massive drop of 45 places compared with 2018 when it was ranked 35th.
— The Star Online

Malaysia has never allowed dual citizenships
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today rubbished claims that Malaysia allowed dual citizenships since the 1980s.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia’s automotive sector needs improvement in many areas, says deputy minister
The national automotive landscape involves many areas of engineering that need to be upgraded, including adapting to new technologies, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia stands to benefit as trade diverts from China
MALAYSIA is likely to gain some advantage from the global tension between the US and China as the trade feud is expected to redirect investments away from China to other trading nations.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Optimism and caution for investors over a ‘new’ Malaysia
As Malaysia Baru closes in on its one-year anniversary, the commitment of reforms resonates among the business world. For businesses, the reassurance and the reset of the country was welcome.
— The Malaysian Reserve

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Finance minister: RM7.9b paid in GST, IRB refunds
The government has returned a total of RM7.9 billion of the outstanding Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB) owed payers, Lim Guan Eng told Parliament today.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia’s illegal dumping sites pose a big challenge
From the north to the south of Peninsular Malaysia, there seems to be no end to the discovery of illegal dump sites.
— The Straits Times

ICAEW: Malaysia’s GDP growth to moderate in 2019, forecast at 4.4%
Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 4.4% in 2019 on the back of domestic demand, amidst a difficult export environment, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) latest Economic Insight: South-East Asia report.
— The Sun Daily

Netflix answers challenges in Malaysia with localisation
Varying demographics and cultural nuances were some of the biggest challenges Netflix faced in its entrance into Malaysia, revealed the video streaming platform in a press statement. Looking back on its three years in Malaysia, Netflix recalled tackling issues on breadth and depth of content as well as criticisms on value for money among consumers.
— Marketing Interactive

MyIX invests RM2.5m in infrastructure upgrades
Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) is investing about RM2.5 million in upgrading its facilities to increase the national bandwidth capacity.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Honda Malaysia targets to sell 95,000 cars in 2019
HONDA Malaysia Sdn Bhd has set a conservative sales target of 95,000 units this year, down 7% from the 102,282 units it sold in 2018.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Malaysia Has Become Hub for Iranian Activity, Western Intel Suggests
Under cover of the predawn darkness of April 21, 2018, two tall, burly men lay in wait for Fadi al-Batsh. He took no special precautions as he left his apartment building to head for the mosque where he often prayed.
— Haaretz

‘Haze problem linked to car dependency’
Malaysians’ annual problem with haze will only get worse as the years go by thanks to our dependency on vehicles.
— New Straits Times

Malaysia sail into quartersafter thrashing Macau
Malaysia secured their spot in the quarter-finals after beating Macau 5-0 in their opening match of the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships in Hong Kong.
— The Star Online

Malaysians, let’s show some love for palm oil
Palm oil is one commodity that has truly ‘grown’ inside all Malaysians, therefore the task to defend it against various discriminatory acts should not rest solely on the government’s shoulders, but on all 30 million citizens.
— Malaysikini

Malaysia will continue to be committed to Unesco programmes: Wan Azizah
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail ended her working-visit to France Wednesday during which she expressed Malaysia’s commitment to continue to support programmes by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
— The Sun Daily

MAB attracts foreign, local suitors, says Dr Mahathir
The government has received interests from local and international companies wanting to acquire loss-making Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), said Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture).
— The Malaysian Reserve

Thai army seizes 300,000 litres of diesel smuggled from Malaysia
Thai Army today seized 300,000 litres of diesel worth about 10 million baht, believed to have been smuggled from Malaysia, and detained 13 locals for investigation.
— New Straits Times

After China ban, e-waste rains on Malaysian soil
As the nation’s attention is focused on the toxic dumping in Johor which landed hundreds of people in hospital, another type of waste is on its way to becoming a time-bomb.

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What’s in the New Malaysia-Singapore Maritime Dispute Freeze?
The move spotlighted efforts by both sides to try to manage renewed disputes within their wider bilateral relationship.
— The Diplomat

Petronas signs HoA with Petrovietnam for additional gas sales and purchase
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has signed a binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) for the sales and purchase of additional gas from Block PM3 CAA, Malaysia to Ca Mau Province, Vietnam.
— The Star Online

KLCCP to convert former Parkson space into ‘street mall’
KLCC Property Holdings Bhd (KLCCP) will convert a three-level outlet in its Suria KLCC mall, previously occupied by retailer Parkson, into a “street mall”.
— The Star Online

Mavcom gets more complaints from airline and airport users
The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has received an 11.7 per cent more consumer complaints from July to December last year than the same period in 2017.
— New Straits Times

Hibiscus to hit 12,000 barrels per day by 2021
Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd (Hibiscus) is on track to produce 12,000 barrels of oil per day collectively from its North Sabah and Anasuria Cluster in the United Kingdom, by 2021.
— New Straits Times

KKB bags 3 contracts worth RM30.8 million
KKB Engineering Bhd has bagged three contracts worth RM30.8 million.
— The Sun Daily

‘Malay power’ neo-Nazi band festival cancelled in Malaysia’s Ipoh city
A festival featuring 10 right-wing “Malay power” bands scheduled to take place in the northern Malaysian city of Ipoh next month has been cancelled amid protests.
— South China Morning Post

IEV Holdings’ former VP files wrongful dismissal claim in Malaysia
A FORMER vice-president of operations and commercial at IEV Holdings has filed a wrongful dismissal claim against the company with Malaysia’s Department of Industrial Relations, the oil and gas engineering solutions company said on Wednesday night.
— Business Times

Realme 3 Malaysia: Everything you need to know
Boy, it’s a good time to be a mid-range smartphone shopper because Realme’s got yet another affordable handset for you to consider. It’s the Realme 3 and it has just launched in Malaysia, so if you’ve had your eye on one, here’s everything you need to know.
— Soyacinau

Malaysia’s Court of Appeal dismisses 3 of Najib Razak’s applications
The Court of Appeal on Thursday (March 21) dismissed three out of four applications by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak relating to charges of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power involving RM42 million (S$14 million).
— The Straits Times

Government will take over Pan Borneo Highway, says Sabah CM
The Pan Borneo Highway project will continue without the participation of the private sector, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
— Malay Mail

34 arrested for indecent behaviour at Malaysia resort
Malaysian police arrested 30 women and four men after they were believed to have appeared in public in their undergarments during a motivational programme at a resort in Bukit Tinggi, in Pahang.
— Channel NewsAsia


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This week’s Malaysia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21.


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